Native SpeciesPaper birch

Betula papyrifera
FOUND by Kezar001
ID Questioned
Quality checked by sue hamlin
Peer reviewed by
Field Notes
snow is knee deep in places
A sketch of our study site.
Supporting Evidence
Photo of my evidence.
deciduous tree with smooth white bark
Species Observation: Species Looked For
Did you find it?: 
I think I found it
Scientific name:
Betula papyrifera
Common name:
Paper birch
Sampling method: 
Just looking around
Photo of our sampling method.
Place Studied
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N 44.171531 °
W -70.914205 °
Observation Site Information
A photo of our study site.
Upland - Developed areas
Trip Information
near my house
Trip date: 
Fri, 2011-03-18 18:15
Town or city: 
Type of investigation: 
Species Survey
Kezar lake watershed


This is a beauty! My primary way to tell birches apart is with their leaves. Grey birch have triangle shaped leaves and yellow and paper birch are oval. Best way to tell yellow birch from paper birch - smell! Break off a twig and smell it - if it smells like wintergreen its yellow birch. YUM!

Not seeing any evidence of leaves, I had to mark your ID as questioned rather than confirmed.

Nice photos. Looks like it was a chilly mid March adventure! Thanks for reporting where you're finding native species.

I can never tell the difference between paper birch and gray birch. Got any pointers?

Thank you for your kind comments. This is my first posting to VS. I spoke with a retired logger who said the white birch bark will peel, the tree is generally is taller than gray and grows in clusters. The gray birch tends to grow by itself, is shorter without peeling bark and are often the ones bent over after a storm. Hope this helps.

Great tips! ...and what a great idea to ask a logger! Of course!